|Wheeling N Dealin Keeps Streak Alive in Freshman Colt Pace|
By Frank & Ray Cotolo
The Dustin Jones-trained Wheeling N Dealin went eight-for-eight with a victory in the two-year-old colt trot Breeders Crown. The mile went in 1:55.1.
Its Payday Friday broke at the gate while Murmur Hanover took the lead, with Wheeling N Dealin tucking into second and Royalty For Life in third. Murmur Hanover led the field by the quarter in :28. Wheeling N Dealin pulled the pocket and brushed to the lead at the half in :58 (:30).
Your So Vain was surging first over as the field rolled into the far turn. Royalty For Life was itching to edge to the outside and hunt for Wheeling N Dealin at three-quarters in 1:27.3 (:29.3). Murmur Hanover made a break, scattering the back field turning for home. Wheeling N Dealin and Royalty For Life battled well ahead of the rest of the field. Wheeling N Dealin had a little more left and held onto the lead to win the two-year-old colt trot elim in 1:55.1 (:27.3).
Royalty For Life was second, Your So Vain was third and Caveat Emptor finished fourth. Pine Credit, Show Ticket, Its Payday Friday and Majestized also proceed into the final. Major Athens and Dontyouforgetit received byes.
Wheeling N Dealin ($3.90) is by Cantab Hall, out of the mare Quick Credit by Credit Winner. He is owned by Ecurie Synergie and trained by Dustin Jones, the team that won a surprise Breeders Crown in 2010 with Martiniontherocks. Sylvain Filion was in the bike.
“My heart was pounding pretty good when he was coming down the stretch. We were thinking of going to Lexington, but sometimes when you take horses to Lexington and back they get sick, so we took the cautious route,” Jones said. As the winner of the single elim, Jones chose post three for Wheeling N Dealin.
$600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Trot (Race 8) on Oct.27
PP-Horse Named Driver
1-Pine Credit- Lewayne Miller
2-Don’t You Forget It- Yannick Gingras
3-Wheeling N Dealin – Sylvain Filion
4-Major Athens- Brian Sears
5-Your So Vain- John Campbell
6-Majestized- Jack Moiseyev
7-Caveat Emptor - Ray Schnittker
8-Its Payday Friday - Chris Christoforou Jr
9-Royalty For Life - Tim Tetrick
10-Show Ticket - Ron Pierce
AE 1 Murmur Hanover – Mario Baillargeon